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Autoimmune diseases are on the rise. Both Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue are autoimmune diseases. The fact is based upon new studies which show that immune tests are abnormal in both these conditions. Both of these diseases tend to occur in people who have other autoimmune diseases.
There are many ways to treat Fibromyalgia and
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome here we are presenting the immunological
features of these conditions. Where you can diagnose them by a blood
tests and treat them by IVIg antibotics,
vitamins, herbals or diet (see the diet page).
A person is supposed to have Fibromyalgia if they
have body pain in all or one half or all of the body for at least
six months. They have tender areas ito touch n the neck, back, hips,
shoulders, elbows and knees.. The pain usually gets worse when a
storm front is approaching and the barometer falls or early in the
morning. This is
associated with body stiffness worst in the morning. Pain usually tend to start on
the left side of the body with complaints of vague numbness. These
spells of numbness then spread to the other side of the body.
A person with Chronic Fatigue usually feel
excessively tired. The fatigue is so severe that they have
difficulty doing things at home. Both Chronic Fatigue and
Fibromyalgia can occur in the same patient at the same time. With
chronic fatigue patients tend to have excessive infections like
sinusitis, flu, bronchitis or runny nose.
Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue
Syndrome are extremely common chronic condition . The
current etiology is considered to be
characteristic alterations in the pattern of sleep and changes.
The diagnosis is clinical and is characterized by widespread
pain, tender points and, commonly, conditions such as
chronic fatigue, sleep issues and depression. The diagnosis can be
confirmed by doing a IgG and IgG sublass screen. Treatment is is
by using IVIg, although experience and small clinical studies
have proved the efficacy IVIg. Other less well-studied measures,
such as trigger point treatment, also appear to be helpful.
Management relies heavily on the physician's supportive
counseling skills and willingness to try novel strategies in
refractory cases described below.
Fibromyalgia is a immunologial
neurological and rheumatologic
condition characterized by spontaneous, widespread soft tissue pain,
sleep disturbance, fatigue and extensively distributed areas of
tenderness known as tender points. Estimates of prevalence are 3.4
percent for women and 0.5 percent for men.1
While the cause of fibromyalgia is currently considered by
some to be a a immune mediated disease in some cases
assossiated with a IgG subclass deficiency.
Fibromyalgia should be considered in any patient with
musculoskeletal pain that is unrelated to a clearly defined anatomic
lesion. Making the diagnosis of fibromyalgia depends on findings
from the history and physical examination rather than on diagnostic
In 1990, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) established
criteria for classifying patients with fibromyalgia.9
However, failure to meet these criteria does not absolutely
exclude the possibility of fibromyalgia.
As with other rheumatologic disorders, fibromyalgia:
- Is established on the basis of clinical observations.
- Is a condition with signs and symptoms that exist on a
- Often requires observation over time to firmly establish the
- Some patients will have low IgG levels
or low IgG subclass levels,
Widespread pain is characteristic of fibromyalgia. Although not
all areas may be involved simultaneously, pain may occur in the
occiput, neck, shoulders, thoracic and lumbar spine, paraspinous
regions, buttocks, hips, elbows and knees. People complain of pain,
knots and hearing noises when they move the neck or other joints.
The complaints of numbness are vague and usually cross anatomic
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